Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

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Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Beast Mode » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:45 pm

Starting next Monday (May 1), the University of Michigan quiz bowl team will once again be holding summer practices open to all. They'll be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the University Activities Center (UAC) office, which is on the fourth floor of the Michigan Union (530 South State Street). If you're driving in, street parking will be free after 6:00 p.m., so I recommended trying to park behind the Union on Thompson Street, Jefferson Street, or Maynard Street.

Unsurprisingly, we'll be reading mostly college questions, but if we get a good turnout of high schoolers leading up to their nats, we can also throw in some old NSCs, NASATs, or whatever they want to practice with. We'll also do occasional non-quiz bowl things like getting dinner before practice, or going to one of the movies at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival afterward.

This thread will be the place to look for any updates (like if we have to cancel a practice). You can post in this thread or email me (sehankin [at] umich [dot] edu) if you have any questions.

We hope to see lots of you there! These things are way more fun with more people.
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Fuddle Duddle » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:56 pm

Would it be possible to Skype in?
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Post by Kilroy Was Here » Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:57 pm

Sit Room Guy wrote:Would it be possible to Skype in?
It would not be. We've had issues with skype in the past and want to restrict practices to people actually there.
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Cheynem » Thu May 04, 2017 11:37 am

Can we go to a Tigers game?
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Progcon » Thu May 04, 2017 5:03 pm

Cheynem wrote:Can we go to a Tigers game?
I was planning on attending some of these when I could, but I would also certainly attend one of if we meet at U-M then drive to Comerica. Tickets are pretty cheap for weekday nights during the school year.
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Beast Mode » Sat May 27, 2017 1:31 am

Because the Union will be closed on Memorial Day (this coming Monday, May 29), practice that evening is cancelled. We'll resume the following Wednesday (May 31).
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Post by Pilgrim » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:45 pm

I assume these are happening as normal this week? I'm in town for a conference and can hopefully drop in.
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Beast Mode » Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:54 am

Pilgrim wrote:I assume these are happening as normal this week? I'm in town for a conference and can hopefully drop in.
Indeed they are. I'll be out of town on Wednesday the 14th, but others will presumably be there. (PSA: on days when I can't make it to practice and unlock the UAC office, practice happens on the red couches right next to the office.)
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Sarod Nori » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:24 pm

Will there be practices as usual this week? Also, when will the last practice be?
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Beast Mode » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:52 pm

Sarod Nori wrote:Will there be practices as usual this week?
Yes.
Sarod Nori wrote:Also, when will the last practice be?
I honestly haven't given this any thought. I figure practices will continue at least until our side event weekend, including one the night of Friday the 18th; if people are interested/available after that, I don't see why they couldn't continue up until Labor Day weekend. (Our semester starts the day after Labor Day.)
I, in the first post of this thread, wrote: We'll also do occasional non-quiz bowl things like getting dinner before practice, or going to one of the movies at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival afterward.
As long as I'm posting, I should mention that these have started and are free to attend. This Wednesday's movie is Good Morning, Vietnam, and next Wednesday's movie is The Force Awakens. Anyone who wants to join me for these should bring their own canvas chair (or whatever) to sit on, and should remember that outside food and beverages aren't allowed.
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Cheynem » Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:02 pm

next Wednesday's movie is The Force Awakens.
When will they actually show good movies?
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Cheynem » Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:44 am

I will probably be at next Wednesday's practice, assuming finishing NASAT does not kill me or Saul Hankin. Assuming it doesn't, I'll have a brand new film packet to read too.
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Cheynem » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:42 pm

Are there dinner plans for Wednesday?
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Beast Mode » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:19 pm

Cheynem wrote:Are there dinner plans for Wednesday?
Yep. Dinner will be at 5:30 at the Red Hawk Bar & Grill; despite the name, I can assure everyone that this is a totally appropriate place for all ages, and my family has been fond of it for years. Red Hawk is located at 316 South State Street. This is right by where State Street intersects North University Avenue, and Red Hawk is between 7-Eleven and Amir's Delicatessen. Anyone who's interested but would have to come late is still welcome, of course. My parking advice remains the same as for a normal practice, except that on the street you'll need to feed the meter enough to last you till 6:00.

I'll say yet again that after practice, I hope everyone can come to the Force Awakens screening at 10:00, where me and Dr. Mike Cheyne will be doing commentary in the proud tradition of Statler and Waldorf. (Thanks to Bryan Berend for showing me that video.) I can put up a few people at my apartment, so email me if you'd need a place to crash that night. If you'll be driving into town and staying overnight, I recommend parking in the residential area bounded to the west by State Street and to the south by Huron Street (streets like Thayer, Catherine, Ann...). If you find nothing there, there's also free residential parking in the area south of Hill Street and east of East University Avenue (streets like Church, South Forest...).
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Beast Mode » Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:31 pm

Sorry for the late notice on this; I was out of town over the weekend, and just got back today.

Tonight's practice is cancelled, since it's Fourth of July weekend. We'll resume this Wednesday, July 5.

EDIT: Wednesday is July 5, not July 6
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Beast Mode » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:11 am

Practice is cancelled tonight because me and Kenji are wiped from MSU's weekend of quiz bowl (which Harris ran masterfully). We'll resume this Wednesday (July 19).

I'm currently on my phone and will edit this post with more details later, but know now that we'll be doing another pre-practice dinner this Wednesday at 5:30.

EDIT: Details below.

This Wednesday's pre-practice dinner will be at 5:30 at NeoPapalis, which is located at the corner of William Street and Thompson Street, on the ground floor of the Zaragon building.

My parking recommendations remain the same as ever, but everyone should be aware that it's once again the time of year when the minions of evil unleash the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair on our poor city. Wednesday night is when they'll be setting up, and so some streets in the vicinity of NeoPapalis and the Michigan Union will be closed. If you're like me and are set on avoiding parking in that area, you can follow my example and park in the School of Nursing lot at 426 North Ingalls Street.

(Note that the Art Fair will end on Sunday the 23rd, and so it shouldn't affect practices next week.)

After dinner, Michigan great turned subversive Will Nediger will be going to see Stop Making Sense at the Michigan Theater at 7:00, and interested cool kids can join him for that. Concurrently, I'll be running practice as usual for the real nerds.
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Beast Mode » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:56 pm

Chicago Open has left us even more wiped, so we're cancelling tonight's practice. We'll resume this Wednesday (July 26).
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Beast Mode » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:13 pm

The Union has been closed because of electrical failure, so we're relocating to my apartment for tonight:

311 Thompson St, Apt 6

It's right next to the Thompson/Maynard parking structure. Press the "6" button when you get to my front door, and I'll come get you.
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Beast Mode » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:04 pm

The Union is still closed, so tonight we're in room 3333 of Mason Hall (the Diag-facing portion of the building north of the art museum, on the other side of State Street from the Union).
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Re: Open summer practices at the University of Michigan

Post by Beast Mode » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:00 pm

Last night concluded this summer's practices. We'll be back at it next summer.
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